Healing and Communication Using The Language of Flowers
How we can fully benefit from our relationship with nature, and in turn assist her, is by understanding plant meanings. Flowers and plants describe the attributes that they hold through their form, function and behaviour. The way they grow and attract pollinators; the way they look, smell, taste, feel and even sound, are all indications of this. From closely observing these factors, we have an opening into the world of the language of plants.
We humans have been translating this plant language into flower and plant meanings in order to pass the information down to each generation. It benefits us because we learn which plants and flowers can heal, nourish, harm or delight us, and how we may care, in turn, for nature.
Some of the terms we have used for plant language are ‘The Language of Flowers’, ‘The Language of Plants’ and ‘The Doctrine of Signatures’, and there are thousands of verbal histories and folklore traditions the world over containing translation of these meanings.
Sometimes the various meanings seem to contradict each other. This is because everything has a light and shadow and, on occasion, the shadow side is stronger in certain flowers and can manifest as the complete opposite of the more positive meaning it contains. The shadow inclusion is therefore important, but the intention and the meaning you are focused on must be very carefully considered.
Finally, I’m often asked, ‘Does a plant still have the meaning of the flower even if it isn’t in bloom?’ Yes, it does. The meaning is still there but it is tempered a little by the absence of the blossom. A bare rose bush still means ‘love’ but it could also mean that, right now, love is in a different stage than that first flush of petals and whirlwind romance. Perhaps it is a quieter love, steadily growing.
The meanings of flowers are there, you just need to quieten yourself and listen.
When we give flowers, most of us simply choose the blossoms and arrangements that we like rather than stopping and thinking of what the other person may like or, better still, choosing flowers that are fitting for the occasion or moment. Looking at an array of bouquets in a store can be overwhelming, so it is only natural that we tend to gravitate towards what we like as we struggle to make sense of this cornucopia of nature before us. We may, in fact, be drawn to certain flowers because of what they subconsciously mean to us at that time, rather than what they may mean to the recipient.
Combinations of flowers can create wonderful, longer messages and were a favourite pastime of the English and Europeans in the Victorian era. Secret messages conveyed true feelings and elaborate plans between people during this rigid time when sharing such sentiments openly was frowned upon. Today we may delight in the exchange of these bouquets of true meaning as a way of not only bringing our own wishes to another, but of connecting more closely with nature.
Any flowers are a welcome and much-adored gift, but by looking at the meaning of flowers you can create a bouquet, a plant gift, artwork or other floral gifts with greater depth, thoughtfulness, and positive energy to delight the receiver with a personally crafted message. Flowers and plants can even bring elements of healing.
Perhaps you would like to give a plant as a gift. Be assured that even if the plant is not currently flowering, it still contains the same energy and message as if it were in bloom. Dried flowers, perfumes and botanical preparations all hold true to this as well.
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InnerSelf.com – 02 May, 2018